Art Fair & Festival Returns to Ridge Park this Summer 

The 2nd annual Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival will take place Sat., June 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Ridge Park Cultural Center, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. The event is being planned by the Ridge Park Advisory Council (RPAC) and John H. Vanderpoel Art Association along with the Chicago Park District and will highlight cultural opportunities in Beverly/Morgan Park. 

The Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival will feature Chicago area artists working across a wide variety of media, selling original paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs, jewelry, art glass, leatherwork and moreThe registration deadline for artists is Apr. 15 

The art fair debut last year was a resounding success, with more than 40 participating artists and a host of activities. According to art fair planners, the festivities will be expanded this year to include more artists, more live music, more kid-friendly options and more food trucks. 

As a Chicago Park District cultural center, Ridge Park offers rich and dynamic programming that will be highlighted throughout the art fair and festival. The John H. Vanderpoel Museum is located in the fieldhouse through the Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residency Program, which unites artists and communities in Chicago’s parks. The Museum hosts a world-class collection of Impressionist paintings and other late 19th and early 20th century paintings and works on paper. Ridge Park Art Fair attendees will have the opportunity to take guided tours of the Vanderpoel Museum, as well as of the park facilities and ceramics studio. 

Information about the Ridge Park Art Fair & Festival is available at www.ridgeparkartfair.org. Donations and sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact Irene Testa,irene@vanderpoelartmuseum.org, or Mary Jo Viero, mjviero@yahoo.com